A Musical Nirvana main feature artist and singing sensation: Rahis Ahmed Khan
Rahis has been singing since the age of 8. He was trained in Vocal and Taals from his father, Ustad Aziz Khan who was a member of All India Radio, Udaipur, Rajasthan. With his formidable musical training behind him and a natural gift and talent of capitvating audiences with his charisma and emotions, Rahis has dedicated his life to music for the past 25 years. He has crossed into many other World Music Genres such as Jazz, Pop and Classical Western Music in addition to being a luminary in Traditional Hindustani Music.He has recorded over four studio albums of Indian Ghazals and Songs in which he has composed and arranged various materials for himself and other artists. Additionally, in the last decade he has performed on stage with Indian Music Luminaries such as Ghulam Ali, Mehdni Hassan, Anup Jalota, Tari Khan and Ustad Rais Khan. He is the Founder of and runs Rahis Khan School of Music in Southern California and teaches students of all ages and ability levels in Singing, Tabla & Harmonium. In addition to teaching he travels the globe for musical workshops and concert performances. He has become a notable figure in the Afghan community worldwide due to his support of their artists and his own live performances on Afghan Televisions and appearances on talk shows. With his schedule of performing, teaching, composing and arranging, Rahis is able to carry out day by day his passion of spreading the cultural arts of traditional Hindustani Music to people of all walks of life.
Ahaana is honored to partner with and receive generous support for Launch of The SWANS Initiative from Rahis Ahmed Khan.
A Musical Nirvana feature artist: Nilanjana Banerjee, RDM Studios (Odissi Dance)
Nilanjana Banerjee is a professional solo artist specializing in Odissi. For over a decade, she has performed across the country as a solo opening act for top Indian artists at major conventions, festivals, fundraisers and charity events. Nilanjana follows the Mahari dance tradition of Guru Muralidhar Majhi & Guru Mitra Purkayastha.
She currently runs RDM Studio in Carlsbad training a new generation of Odissi dancers.
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My commitment to Ahaana
I have been with SAWEN since its launch two years back. This core unit of Ahaana has been my lifeline helping me meet like-minded women through business and social networking. As a board member I have been involved in planning, executing & publicizing various events. It has become an integral part of my life. During the Ahaana festival, I progressed from an audience member to a featured artist in the artist focus segment , as well as a sponsor and emcee for 2017 YKB.
I believe Ahaana is a beacon of life & new energy for the South Asian community giving both men & women a voice to raise socially taboo topics at YKB & MenOlogues and enabling the community to draw closer. Through Ahaana, I have found immense joy and satisfaction in giving back and contributing to society in a meaningful, positive way.